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July 18 11:28 AM

Suspect ID’ed in stolen farm equipment

A tip from a viewer in the Fouke, Ark., area led to the identity of the man who in possession of more than $27,000 of farm equipment that was stolen recently from a farm in Plain Dealing.

Now, the Bossier Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in locating that suspect after it was determined that he not only possessed the stolen items claiming to simply sell them for someone else, but that he was the actual thief.

James Lynn Caswell, 35, of Fouke, Ark., was arrested by the Miller County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday and charged with theft by receiving, a charge similar to Louisiana’s illegal possession of stolen  things, after a viewer saw farm equipment at his residence that resembled the stolen equipment reported on the news.

Caswell, who has ties to the Plain Dealing area from previous employment, was found to be in possession of two of the three pieces of farm equipment that was stolen from a barn in the 1000 block of Highway 537 in Plain Dealing more than a week ago.

Recovered were a green 2003 John Deere Model 894 eight-row corn header valued at $25,000 and a John Deer water pump, used for irrigation, valued at $1,000. A third item, a red and yellow New Holland Model 320 hay baler valued at $1,500 is still missing.

Caswell posted bond Wednesday afternoon from the Miller County Jail and claimed to detectives that he was asked by someone else to sell the items. Upon further investigation, detectives believe Caswell stole all three items.

A warrant for his arrest for felony theft was issued Thursday; his bond is set at $45,000.

Investigators believe Caswell could still be in the Fouke area.

Detectives are asking anyone who might have purchased a hay baler from Caswell or knows of Caswell’s whereabouts to contact Bossier Crime Stoppers at 424-4100 or Detective Charlie Myrick of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at 965-2203.

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